(FORT PIERCE, FLA) — A 30-year-old woman has died after she and seven others were gunned down at a Martin Luther King Jr. car show event at Ilous Ellis Park in Fort Pierce Monday.
The woman, who was at the event with her 6-year-old daughter, tragically died at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara at a news conference Tuesday.
“I’m here to sadly report that one of those victims died this morning. She’s a Fort Pierce native who was at the party with her 6-year-old daughter,” Mascara told reporters. “And now what was a shooting investigation has turned into a murder investigation.”
Eight people were shot, including a child, and four others were left injured as the havoc unfolded Monday afternoon at Lincoln Park Regional Part at 1306 Avenue M.
A mass shooting in Ft. Pierce at an MLK event leaves eight hurt, including a child.
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Evidence collected by authorities alleges the shooting “was the result of a dispute between two rival Fort Pierce gangs,” according to Chief Deputy Brian Hester.
“There were over 50 shell casings that were recovered from the scene from three different calibers of weapons to support some of that information,” Hester said.
No suspects are in custody, but the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s office is working with federal and state agencies on the investigation.
Hester encourages anyone with information to call 772-462-3230 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477.